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|2014 Inforum Outlook Conference December 2014 - Inforum held its 47th annual outlook conference at the University of Maryland. About 85 representatives from government, private industry, and academic organizations participated in the event. In addition to the U.S. economic outlook, topics included inequality, developments in national economic statistics, a panel discussion on health care, and funding of U.S. infrastructure. The conference agenda and other details are available, including slides and video of the outlook presentation.||Catching Up: Greater Focus Needed to Achieve A More Competitive Infrastructure September 23, 2014 - The National Association of Manufacturers and Inforum investigated the economic benefits of a renewed effort to meet U.S. infrastructure needs. The report documents the history of infrastructure investments, revealing steep declines over the past decade. Inforum's LIFT model was used to consider the effects of higher spending levels for infrastructure, finding substantial gains possible for productivity, income, and GDP.|
|Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban October 2014 - The Aspen Institute’s program on Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century and the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, jointly sponsored a report on lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban. The paper employed the Inforum LIFT economic forecasting model to analyze how removing the ban on crude oil exports could add to growth in manufacturing by stimulating higher levels of oil production in the United States. The study found both macroeconomic benefits and industrial sector gains.||The Supply Side of Health Care April 15, 2014 - There is a common assertion that health care is over one-sixth of the economy, but this conclusion is based only on a measure of health care demand. It is much more difficult to identify a corresponding ratio in terms of value added and employment. Our work reconciles information about the supply and demand sides of the national health sector. We link the National Health Expenditure Accounts to domestic production and imports, value added, and employment.|